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The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.
I'll start with the cover, the female with the lovely red curls on the front is Fi Kelly, a strong young girl who has to grow up quickly s she soon becomes responsible for not only her own survival but that of her mother and sister too. The cover also depicts the dry cracked earth of a dying planet and the nourished flourishing planet. The symobilism of the tree half lush and green and half dry and dying is a really good image to portray the dying planet. Ilove the cover as it really does fit the book well. This book has the type of cover you would pick up in a store and want to know more about the story belonging to it.
I loved this book. I would describe it as a dystopian/post apocalyptic novel but it also has sci-fi, fantasy and futuristc elements too. I have read quite a few books of this genre and I would put this book up there with the best of them!
So a little about the book now, The year is 2033 and plants and food sources have continued to be genetically modified and cross bred so much that they hardly resemble what they used to be. the problem is they have been altered so much that lots of the nutritional value of them has been lost. People are dying of a "sickness", sure the doctors and scientist may come up with different cancers or different names for the "sickness" but the result is the same people get ill, they get weaker and weaker until they die. Is anyone doing anything about this? Fi is told by her dying father about the truth of the "sickness" and the forthcoming collapse of the world as we know it. He helps her as much as he can to be prepared for what will happen. He also gives her hope. The hope of taking her family to a place called Eden. To get to Eden, if she can even find it Fi with have to do many things she thought she wouldn't or couldn't do. To say Fi is tested to her limits is an understatement she is tested above and beyond any normal limits a youngster her age should have to face. This novel is the story of Fi, her mum Maggie and sister Kiara, and the extended family (her neighbours) who she decides to take along with her, John, Lucy, Sean, Rachel and Zoe.
Fi and her band of followers meet many along the way, good people who join them, good people who continue on their own and also bad, bad, people too.
The book is simply but really well written, it flows really well as you follow Fi as the leader of her Family. There are many issues dealt with in the book, for example death, but it I dealt with in a really compassionate way. I loved the concept of the book, the ideas behind Eden and Disapora (it will make sense when you read the book!) The details in Eden are brilliant!
One thing that confused me a little was the way how Fi constantly called her mum Maggie, but that is kind of explained later when a newcomer asks Fi the very question I had been asking Why do you call your mum Maggie? I think Rachel Fisher writes really well, you go through the trials and tribulations with Fi and the "Family". The ending of the book is done in such a way it makes you want to pick BK 2 up straight away to continue reading all about what happens next. You really want to read more about the "Family" and where they are staying, and you want to know how relationships and the world around the characters will evolve.
So did I enjoy the book? YES Would I read Bk 2? YES please asap! Would I read more books by Rachel Fisher? Yes I adored her descriptions and writing! and Finally Would I recommend? YES to all dystopian lovers, all who love a good book!
This book reminded me a little of The Great Collapse by Jeff Horton , Heir To Power by Michele Poague and the adult dytopian Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield.
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Also now available is Book 2 in the
Eden's Root Trilogy
Seed's of War
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Seeds of War is the second book in the Eden's root trilogy.
The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.
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